Chamber to host 9th annual Melange of Mountains

By DeeAnna Haney | Mar 20, 2013
Photo by: File photo A chef serves up a beautiful culinary dish during last years' Melange in the Mountains event.

Locals and visitors to the area can get a taste of Haywood County as a culinary destination at this year's Melange of the Mountains Culinary Gala on Thursday, April 11.

Hosted by the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce for nine years, the event gives local restaurants the opportunity to showcase their talents.

From seafood to soup, chicken to salads, restaurants never fail to serve up unique, delicious and equally aesthetic dishes. Preparers from 12 restaurants will attend this year to make dishes in front of the crowd.

Some of those participating include Sunburst on Montgomery, the Gateway Club, The Sweet Onion, Frog's Leap Public House, City Bakery, Harrah's Cherokee Casino, Laurel  Ridge Country Club, Waynesville Inn, Pisgah Inn, Lake Junaluska and more.

Each dish will be judged in different categories using predetermined criteria by regionally acclaimed judges. Participants are recognized for the top three placements in each category, an award for overall culinary excellence and a people's choice award.

Guests attending the event will also get to try tastings from each of the county's three breweries, Frog Level Brewing, Tipping Point and Bearwaters Brewing.

Katy Gould, marketing and communications manager for the Chamber, said the event is always one of the most successful of the year, and this one will be no different.

For the first time, this year's Melange will extend into the weekend.

"Not only are we kicking off with a gala so people can get a taste of what the restaurants have to offer, then they can go to those businesses and get the full experience over the weekend," Gould said.

Tickets are $35 for Chamber members, $40 for non Chamber members and $60 for VIP early entry. Those who attend the event Thursday will be able to take advantage of specialty dinner, culinary demos, tastings and pairings at participating restaurants.

"The refinement of the culinary arts in our region is why cuisine in western North Carolina is current and delicious. Mélange of the Mountains gives the talented chefs of Waynesville a great venue to share their creations," Gould said.

For more information, visit or call 456-3012.